Remembering Katrina

Ever wish you could whisper in the president's ear? Give him advice on issues plaguing the nation? Well, here's your chance to tell the world what you would do if you were president of the United States. Each week we'll ask our readers a question about an issue facing the nation and post your responses here.

Today's question:

If YOU were president, what would you tell the Gulf Coast region on this Katrina remembrance day?

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Here's what some FOX Fans are saying:

“I would thank all Americans for their contributions at this harrowing time.” — Frank

“To the residents of Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama, I would tell them that the federal government remains with them as they continue to rebuild and they should continue to do what they've done from the start, which is push up their sleeves and do the work that needs done. To the residents of Louisiana, I would tell them that the federal government continues to be with them as they rebuild.” — Jeff (Huntington, WV)

“If I were president, I would tell Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas what a fine job they did rebuilding after the devastation of Katrina and Rita.” — J.D. (Louisiana)

“I apologize for the less-than-acceptable response, and I pledge to match all of our war spending dollar for dollar to help rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.” — BJI

“The lesson learned from Katrina is that we should not depend on our government for everything. We need to depend on ourselves, our neighbors, our community, and our local and state governments in time of disaster. The people of New Orleans could learn a lot from the people in Florida. Be prepared and demand that your local and state agencies be prepared.” — Jane (Grand Island, NY)

“If I were president, I would ask the people of New Orleans to demand accountability of their local and state government. Federal funds have been made available, yet the local government has failed, again, to meet the needs of their people.” — PJ (North Carolina)

"New Orleans will be rebuilt. My plan would be to hire only New Orleans residents for the rebuilding effort to provide the dollars to revive the local economy. I would exclude all New Orleans from federal and state income tax to provide more spending money for residents. As for other Katrina in the future, let us learn from this disaster and move forward." — DR (California)

"To the Gulf Coast region I would say that I'm proud to see all the effort and hard work that has been put forth to overcome this devastating event. To the people of New Orleans I would tell them to look around and look at these other cities and towns that have cleaned up. If they can rebuild, then so can we. The responsibility for clean up and rebuilding starts and the local level, and works it's way up. As President, I would pledge that the federal government do everything possible to assist New Orleans in this effort. I would withhold further federal funding until your mayor, and local leaders come up with a plan that spells out how these funds will be used." — Jeff (Murfreesboro, TN)

"As a native of Louisiana, I would first thank all of the Americans that gave their money, time and prayers to the Gulf Coast. I would then remind the harshest critics to realize this was a disaster of epic proportions. Remember that New Orleans' situation is far more complex than Mississippi. People will come back to the Mississippi coast, but it will take much longer to sort out the myriad of vexing problems facing a large metropolitan area in shambles." — Jeff

"This was a disaster of enormous proportions. I don't know if any country could have handled this any better, but I am sure there are parts of the response and relief that should have been coordinated more efficiently." — Rick (Kentucky)

"If I were president, I guess I would repeat the same platitudes and assurances Bush has, but I would also try and get the message across that people in disaster-prone areas must first and foremost rely on themselves in preparing for the worst nature has to offer. Just as charity begins at home, so does preparedness for the inevitable floods and hurricanes the Gulf Coast is prone to. Also, people have to realize that the larger the scope of a natural disaster, the longer it will take for governmental help to be available; and the difference between a survivor and a statistic is often how prepared they were." — Ed (Redmond, WA)

"I would tell the people that the federal government has sent billions of dollars to the region, but the government cannot keep these monies coming. The local and state officials are going to have to be responsible for the allocation of this money. The American people are going to have to take some responsibility on their own, and quit expecting the federal government to jump in and subsidize them every time something happens." — Bob

"I would tell the insurance companies to pay all the claims instead of making these people wait it out a year because they can't determine if "wind damage or water damage" — Michelle (Dallas, TX)

"I would tell them that if they want to rebuild their city, they need for their elected officials to get on the ball and get moving. I would remind them that self reliance, hard work and a desire to get past this is up to them. I would tell them to look to the east and see how their neighbors in Alabama have gotten through this. I would tell them that the federal government is not the answer to their problems which were well before the hurricane." — Jeff (Orlando, FL)

"I would remind the people of New Orleans that hurricane preparation begins in the communities and goes up to the city, then state level. I would also remind them that the Mayor had the opportunity to evacuate people with school buses - instead he chose to let them sit in a parking lot. I have been through Hurricanes David, Hugo, Frances and Jeanne. I have never witnessed so much looting and morally corrupt behavior as I did in the aftermath of Katrina." — Marco (Palm Bay, FL)

"If I were President, I would use this as an opportunity to thanks all of the private individuals who have volunteered their time to support the rebuilding efforts along the Gulf Coast. I would call on the people of the United States to continue those efforts emphasizing that the future of the Gulf Coast lies not in the amount of Federal dollars sent to the region but in the support of surrounding communities and the voluntary efforts of the people of this great nation." — Joe

"Nothing can prepare us for the magnitude of destruction that was witnessed one year ago today, and only time can help ease the pain and heartbreak of so many of our brothers and sisters. Be assured that your countrymen have not forgotten you or the promises that were made. We will continue to give support and aid in as many ways as possible for as long as it takes. Tough decisions still need to be made and not everyone will be content, but overall things are improving and life will be normalized as soon as possible. God bless you all and God bless the USA." — Chris

"If I were President, I would ask merely for a moment of reverent silence for the deceased victims of Katrina, and afterward, shut my mouth, roll up my sleeves and let my actions do the talking. This nation has lost its conscience." — Lyndon

"I would say it is about time we put Americans first." — Mike

"Remind them of private sector donations and assistance. Remind them that personal responsibility makes a country strong. Assure them that Americans will always be stronger and more powerful than the government that works for them." — Chris (New Haven, CT)

"I would ask the American people to take time out each day to realize that they live in the greatest country in the world. I would also ask them to keep up to par on the news of the world, understand the problems of this country, and be well informed on the hurricane recovery efforts." — Richard

"I would tell the people of New Orleans that you reelected the mayor who left you during your time of need. You need a mayor who is going to shut up and get things done, not point fingers. He just simply needs to get things done." — Brad (St. Louis, MO)